Semester Admissions

How to apply for a semester program:

1. Contact Us / Register Online!

We accept applications year-round on a rolling basis. Both the Winter and Ecuador Semester Programs are limited to 14 students. Please note that our semester programs are now experiencing full enrollment, with a waiting list, well in advance of the program start. If this is a priority in your life, we suggest that you begin the application process as early as possible.

2. The admissions process:

Once we have received your online registration, we will contact you via telephone or email. We will talk with you (and perhaps your parents too) about your interests, your physical health, work experience, and academic background, and guide you through the rest of the admissions process and schedule a face-to-face interview and visit to our campus (if possible).

3. Decision Making & Commitment

Once these steps are complete, we will make a final decision about whether or not we can offer you a position within the semester program. With our rolling admissions policy, we admit students in the order that applications are received and completed, without consideration of a family’s financial situation. Students who have incomplete applications (for example: sending in recommendation forms, or completing the acceptance form) may lose their place in the program should other applicants complete their applications and be awaiting decisions in the meantime. On rare occasions we reserve the right to give preference to some students over others based upon the needs of the group – for example to ensure the right combination of age, gender, and ability for a successful student community. If a program is full, we do maintain a waiting list, and can offer you an early admission into a subsequent program. To finalize registration process and reserve your spot within the program, you will need to sign our acceptance form and make a $2,000 financial tuition deposit to Kroka Expeditions.

4. Tuition & Financial Aid

There are two different processes for completing enrollment, paying tuition, and applying for financial aid:
(for all students who have already
achieved a high school diploma or equivalent)

Students will enroll, pay tuition, and receive financial aid through Sterling College, a four-year undergraduate college located in Craftsbury Vermont that also serves as Kroka’s accreditation partner. Please note that one does not need to complete the Sterling College admissions process; admission to Kroka guarantees enrollment at Sterling college.

Once enrolled, families can follow the regular Sterling College financial aid process – which typically includes filling out the FAFSA using the Sterling College school code 014991

(for students currently studying
at the high school level)

Current high school level students will enroll and pay tuition directly to Kroka Expeditions, based on our sliding scale tuition system. These specific sliding scale tuition rates are published for each program.

Public School Funding: Some school districts will pay some or all of our tuition costs. Check with your local school district.

Fundraising Support Package: We have fundraising support package for individual families with ideas on how to accomplish raising part of the tuition. In the past, a number of students raised over half of their tuition through small $25 donations.

If the sliding scale system is not adequate to meet the needs of your family, Kroka also can sometimes offer additional financial aid. Kroka Expeditions is a financial needs-blind institution, with financial aid decisions made after admissions decisions. We are committed to allowing participation to everyone regardless of income. Financial aid awards typically range from 5% to 30% of your family’s sliding-scale tuition amount, depending upon your unique circumstances and the resources we have available at the time.

Program Cost: The cost of the program is divided between tuition and other fees. Our aim is to make the program affordable to all, and we charge less than the majority of other comparable experiential outdoor programs. Program tuition is on a sliding scale based on family household income. Please see details within each program for it’s specific tuition. You should expect to pay an additional $1,200 – $2,000 in equipment and materials fees (for items that will be taken home at the completion of the program), as well as miscellaneous donations and student account fees. There is also a packing list with required gear that you will need to have borrowed or purchased ahead of time. Multi-Program Discount: Students who have successfully graduated from a previous Kroka semester can receive a 5% tuition discount on another semester.Payment Plans: A $2,000 deposit is required upon acceptance into the program (before the financial aid decisions are made). This deposit is refundable (less a $500 fee) up until 60 days prior to the program start. The remaining payments are typically spread out over a period of months, on a schedule that meets your needs, with all tuition and fees due prior to the completion of the program.

Kroka does not pay commission for any US referrals to our semester programs.

Enrollment Policies

At Kroka we place a top priority on the health and well being of the individual and the community. As a result, nearly 100% of our students complete their semester study programs, and many return to Kroka again and again as alumni, students, apprentices, and staff. Should some circumstances prevent the successful completion of the program, these are the policies and procedures that will apply:

Withdrawal prior to the start of the program: Should circumstances require you to change your plans, your tuition deposit and payments are refundable up to 60 days prior to the starting date of the program, less a $500 cancellation fee. After that date, all tuition and fees are non-refundable.

Withdrawal or dismissal from the program: Since our operating expenses in planning and staffing the program do not diminish if a student departs during the course of the semester, you acknowledge that your obligation to pay fees for the full program is unconditional. No deduction, remission, or refund of tuition charges will be made for any absence, dismissal, or withdrawal from the program due to disciplinary, academic, social, emotional, or personal reasons. Students and family will be held accountable, to the extent permitted by law, for Kroka’s expenses of enforcement and collection of those fees.

Medical Issues: Should a physical injury or illness that occurs during the program prevent participation or completion of the program, we will offer to apply the pro-rated unused portion of the tuition towards a future program with Kroka for that student or an immediate sibling.

Change of plans: Kroka reserves the right to change it’s curriculum offerings, activities, schedules, itineraries, and staff personnel, as well as other policies and procedures, as circumstances may require.

Dismissal: Kroka reserves the right to dismiss a student from the program if the teachers, staff, or the Board of Trustees, determine that the behavior of the student is not in accordance with Kroka’s code of conduct and is jeopardizing the functioning of the program and/or the health or education of any student.
Transcript: Kroka reserves the right to withhold student evaluations and academic transcripts until we have received full payment of semester tuition and fees.